Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,998 Ratings
Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,998
Reviews:
1,013
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
552
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,998 |  Reviews: 1,013
Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Trippel, 8.5% ABV. Pours thin and pale yellow, with a two finger white head. Nose is malt and spice, taste follows with a bit of a black pepper burn. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden/yellow color – large inch and a half fluffy head – clear – a very lively beer.

Smells fairly strong – sweet fruity and hoppy bitter vibes – slight alcoholic

Heavy sweetness, like some nondescript fruit nectar – slightly bitter, but not very hoppy – slightly alcoholic. Leaves a nice little bitterness behind.

Fluid and tingly – a little thick – has a heightened alcohol feel.

I like New Belgium, they seem to have a consistently good arsenal. Trippel wasn’t bad. It didn’t strike me as having a distinct taste, just another Belgium style ale.

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Photo of champ103
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/yellow color. A fair white head that dissipates fast, though it leaves pretty good lace.
S: A bit of funk at first, but as the beer warms this goes away. Some yeast, and citrus fruits. Malt mainly, but also a bit of hops.
T: Fruity and some yeast, same as the nose. There is that biscuit malt flavor that is distinct to New Belgium beers. Very enjoyable.
M/D: Very crisp, good carbonation, and easy to drink. The ABV is well hidden. This is a good sipping beer.

A good introduction to Belgium Tripples, but I have had better. It lacks some depth, but overall this is a good beer by New Belgium. Give it a try.

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Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mphopkins99
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden, thick one finger head

S - Definite orange aroma combined with spices and hops

T - Very mild, slight but pleasant citrus after-taste

M - Very smooth, good but not overpowering alcohol after-taste

D - Excellent drinking beer. My first venture into Tripel style and a very enjoyable one.

Mike

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive orange color with a moderate head. The aroma has an orange (corriander?) feel with a small hoppiness. Slightly earthy. The flavor is much like the aroma. Some orange and yeast spices, finishes with a bitter hop. This is a pretty good beer, but it's really missing something for a tripel. Might be better as a dubbel.

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Photo of SteadyEddie93
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden tan with billowy foam that quickly dies down. It’s lightly spiced with coriander notes and has a lightly floral flavor with hint of spice. Nicely bodied, its an all-together decent triple but not one that I’d go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of TLA
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of trevorreg
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Putting all of my nagative feelings about New Belgium, this beer is a pleasant surprise. I'm 2 for 2 on the last NB's (Ranger). This is a very drinkable summer brew, lovely candy coriander flavoring, and an actual beer taste on the end, unlike the onsluaght of this style sitting at your local Safeway. The soccer-moms micro comes through, good stuff.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - thick foamy white head, patchy lacing, golden yellow hue

S - coriander, yeast, peaches

T - peaches, coriander, warming alcohol on the back end, sweet malt

M - crisp, nice on the palette

O - good balanced trippel all around, alcohol is well masking, balanced fruitiness driven by the coriander

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Photo of oNSXo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very transparent golden color with quite a bit of fluffy white head on it. Good lacing as well. Great malt aroma with really good floral notes. Nice crisp refreshing bite on this beer. Yeast taste up front, good citrus and floral malt taste as well. Some alcohol coming through on the taste, but not terrible. Pretty smooth drinking beer overall, I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind going for this one again.

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Photo of nsabo
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer has two separate stages of tastes going on, but one transitions so smoothly into the other it’s easy to overlook everything that’s going on and simply enjoy it as is. This beer has a ton of carbonation, and the first taste I’m getting is a mixture of carbonation, a tinge of hops, and very faint lemon. The second taste that finishes each sip and lingers in the aftertaste (and matches the nose) is syrupy sweet malt, some banana, and old bread yeast. I know a lot of sugar is used in this style, but this is still an overly sweet beer, like it has the strong sweetness of a quad without the booziness of one.
I dig this beer a lot and have been drinking it for years, but oddly haven’t paid it much mind. Even though the yeast is the star of the show, I recommend trying their Abbey ale, – funkier yeast, way less sweetness.
(Note: the label touts “bottle conditioned,” but don't make any cellaring plans. I naively stashed some of these away for a while, but even after just 6 months they tasted awful.)

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light golden color with a thin, white head. Thin lacing with visible carbonation.

S: Yeast and spice hit the nose first, the coriander is very apparent as advertised. Lots of fall smells. Belgian-style malts. Thin aroma of citrus fruit.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Rich malt flavor stands out. Nice bouquet of fall spices, cloves, possibly nutmeg, and definitely coriander. You can tell they were really going for a Belgian Abbey. Some good and familiar flavors, but nowhere near the complexity or composition you get from hundreds of years of celibate men dedicating their lives to perfecting the craft.

MF: Rich and luscious. Very nice mouth presence, which holds up the flavor. Thankfully not as syrupy as a lot of American "abbey styles" tend to be.

D: A good American craft beer dressed up as a Trappist for Halloween. Lighter than a real tripel. A solid craft beer that goes down very easily.

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Photo of DMACH
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TOPHER333
3.84/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance: Clear gold with frothy white head.

Smell: Mostly just banana, sugar and bubblegum. Less complex aroma than most Tripels.

Taste: Banana,fleshy fruit and strong sweetness. Ends with clove and coriander.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium syrupy body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Good Tripel that is slightly hampered by a too sweet body.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. Pour is light gold with some carbonation. Aroma is sweet and light. Understated taste. The hops and yeast mix nicely, with mild fruit and malt flavors. Almost like a "Lite" version of other stronger trippels. Subtle.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of tight head on top of an almost clear golden colored body.

Smells of oranges, coriander, yeast and other spices.

Tastes bready, spice rack, a really sweet ending.

Soft texture, medium body, low carbonation.

A good drink but a bit on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a nice clear deep gold with a two finger head that dissipates and leaves a bit of froth on the top and about a quarter inch of around the edge of the glass. It appears to have a solid amount of carbonation.

S - rich yeasty biscuit smell dominates with floral/fruit overtones. I took a while for my nose to warm up to this (but I am a bit congested so that could be the reason).

T - good yeasty taste up front w/ fruit on the finish and some hops. A bit of alcohol taste as well which I enjoyed.

M - medium moothfeel, not as heavy carbonation as I had anticipated. The mouthfeel compliments the taste very nicely. Not as crisp as I had anticipated either, but it tasted a bit different than I had expected (not too much experience w/ Trippels).

D - a very nice beer, and a good Belgian style beer as well. I'd like to try more in this style to have a bit more context.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, another winner from the New Belgium Brewery. These guys are good.

A--Beautiful, golden honey orange color. Pours a thick head with very nice lacing that lingers forever.

S--I smelled strong yeast, honey, pear, and peach--light fruits. Aroma was strong and very nice.

T--A sharp, crisp hoppiness pairs with pronounced breadiness/yeast, it is well balanced. Alcohol in both the forefront and aftertaste, though not overwhelming. Very subtle fruit suggestions of peach and pear. Good harmony of flavors.

M--Slightly above medium bodied, good carbonation.

D--Definitely good enough to drink a few, although the alcohol is noticeable and may interfere.

Hmmm, I remember this being better the first time I tried it. Regardless, still another impressive beer from New Belgium Brewing Inc.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,998 ratings.
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